“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” has just turned three. While its run has given us iconic and meme-worthy moments, the show remains loved by millions because of how its stories and characters reflect the lives of ordinary Filipinos and families. The lessons it has taught us are also just as enduring as the character of Cardo Dalisay (Coco Martin), who continues to defy death and show us what it means to be a good son, husband, father, and citizen.
As it celebrates its three successful years on television, let’s take a look back at the lessons “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” has shared with us through some of the most unforgettable and touching moments in the series.
Although Cardo loves and would do everything for his Lola Flora (Susan Roces), but this has not always been the case. Cardo used to carry a deep grudge against his grandmother for leaving him with another family when he was young. They met again when Cardo disguised as his deceased twin brother Ador, and he confronted Lola Flora and blamed her for all the hardships he experienced alone growing up. Lola Flora tearfully explained that she made the hard decision to make sure the young and sickly Cardo would live, and the family she left him with promised that they would pay for his medication. This revelation instantly took away all the pain in Cardo’s heart and made him forgive his beloved lola.
Because of his fearless dedication to saving lives, Cardo has put himself in danger to accomplish his missions. But as he became a family man, he turned his focus towards his wife and son and gave up his post as a police officer. However, after his son was killed in a terrorist attack that was staged by Pulang Araw, Cardo decided to return to service as a Special Action Force member and set aside his family to hunt down the rebel group. His sacrifice has saved countless of lives, and eventually led him to becoming part of the vigilante group Vendetta that vows to expose corrupt officials and give justice to all their victims.
- Unconditional love
Cardo’s dedication to avenge his son’s death took a toll on his relationship with his wife Alyana (Yassi Pressman). The two lived separate lives for a time, but as soon as Cardo realized that he could potentially lose his wife for good, he rushed to her and brought her to a far-flung community so they could settle their conflict. There, Cardo showed how much he was willing to change for Alyana. It was not easy for her to accept his apology, but after a life-changing incident, Alyana realized that he couldn’t live without Cardo and that there was no other man she would want to spend the rest of her life with.
Makmak (Awra Briguela) was adopted by Cardo’s family after his father, who used to be part of a syndicate, was sent to prison. After learning that Makmak got into trouble at school because he was teased for being gay, Cardo talked to Makmak and made him understand that there is nothing wrong with who he is. He also pointed out that what matters is that he knows how to love, respect, and fear the Lord.
- Patriotism and service
Cardo is greatly admired for his passion to serve the people. Often referred to as “idol” by netizens, he possesses the characteristics of an ideal citizen who strives to preserve peace and inspire people to do good deeds to others, no matter how big or small. Through his humble ways, Cardo has taught patriotism to viewers and showed them that they can be heroes too in their own ways.
Coco’s character was also recognized by several government officials like former DILG secretary Mike Sueno and Director General of the Bureau of Corrections Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who both lauded Cardo for setting a good example to public officials.
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